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senator kamala harris, touted by some as a potential running mate, this week she said it should be the other way around. >> i think that joe biden would be a great running mate. >> reporter: and if two dozen candidates isn't enough, former georgia lawmaker stacey abrams is believing she might still get in. >> i do believe i can get into the conversation as late as the fall and still have a real chance to win. >> reporter: the sheer cy size of the field is leaving some voters overwhelmed. >> that's a lot. for the democrats alone? i thought this was all the parties there. >> are many that i just can't -- i can't even relate to. >> outrageous, ridiculous. a losing cause. >> reporter: at least for some democrats, less might be more. ed o'keefe, cbs news, washington. chelsea manning was sent back to jail today for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating wikileaks. the former army intelligence analyst spent seven years in prison for giving thousands of
classified military and diplomatic files to wikileaks before being jailed for contempt today, manning said she objects to the secrecy of the grand jury process. yes beginning to see fallout from the escalation of the trade war between the united states and china. last friday, president trump raised tariffs to 25% on nearly 6,000 categories of products from china. tonight, three correspondents look at this from different perspectives in the u.s. and in china. >> reporter: this is ramy inocencio in beijing where the escalating trade tensions are spilling over into state media. from commentary on tv, vowing to fight to propaganda on social media taunting the u.s. to bring it on, the message is clear. beijing is ready to push back. and china's citizens are picking it up. do you think beijing should push back against washington, d.c.?
>> translator: as president xi and chairman mao saidou can't have lasting peace without war. we feel america is a bully. >> reporter: all of this a reaction to the increased tariffs on $200 billion in goods the chinese ship to the u.s. victor gao is an expert on international relations in beijing. to what degree can washington, d.c. hold down beijing? >> no one in the world can really launch a trade war against china and win that trade war. >> reporter: a reminder, there will be pain on both sides. i'm dean reynolds in elkhart, indiana. >> does the president understand tariffs? >> i am hoping, i'm thinking he does. >> reporter: businessman tom irons says the pain from tariffs is getting worse by the day. >> president trump, we support him. but this idea of tariffs being paid by the chinese government is something that i don't quite understand. >> reporter: iron's firm, asa electronics manufactures systems for pleasure boats, rvs and
commercial vehicles. 110 workers here assemble t parts b 200 contract employees in china. it's a $100 million business. if the president makes good on his threat to further expand tariffs on chinese imports, the price of one of irons' premium systems could increase by a thousand dollars, and the people who will pay are his customers. the trade war has created something businessmen just hate. uncertainty. >> uncertainty. i'm jonathan vigliotti in southern california where that uncertainty is also threatening common household products lie, those at speers tv, owned by the same family for three generations. i walk in and say show me your u.s.-made televisions, which ones would you show me? >> you would have to go back 20 years. there are no more u.s. televisions made here anymore. >> reporter: alen harikian runs a tv shot with his father.
tariffs could h youot line? >> yes. >> reporter: it could cost the average family of four up to $2,300 a year. those higher costs could mean a shift in how harikian does business. >> well, you have to try to do other things, i guess. try installation, labor wise. maybe repairs are going to go up because people are not going to buy a new tv because the price is higher. so they might end up repairing it instead of buying it. >> reporter: and whether the impact of the tariff is felt in beijing, elkhart, indiana or here, experts we spoke with say in an escalating trade war, everyone loses. john? >> jonathan vigliotti wrapping up coverage over about 6600 miles. thank you, jonathan. next, new hope for thousands of wounded warriors whose brains were injured in combat. and later, why the s.a.t. will now put a score on students' backgrounds.
wars in iraq and afghanistan have left hundreds of thousands of veterans and active doubt service members struggling with traumatic brain injury. even mild cases can have lasting effect. dr. jon lapook tells us about a ossible new treatment sergeant major rodne r willhe ar, w years serving in places like somalia and iraq. those years of service took a toll. >> had a couple of challenges, a couple of issues with some explosions. >> reporter: his memory began to fail. he was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury, or tbi. >> i wanted a fix right now today what the problem was. that's what soldiers do. >> reporter: most people recover from mild tbi, but about 15% continue to experience symptoms, which include mental health problems like depression and cognitive changes, including problems with memory and detention. since 2000, nearly 400,000
service members have been diagnosed with tbi. >> it's really a public health concern. >> reporter: dr. louis french studies brain injuries. french and his team are testing a computerized brain training program to see if it could be part of a comprehensive treatment program for those with tbi. >> these are people that had demonstrable problems in memory attention. >> reporter: 83 service members and veterans diagnosed with tbi and cognitive impairment did five hours a week of either a program called brain hq or computer games. preliminary ruflts presented at a conference today found after 12 weeks, those in the brain training program scored better than the game players on tests of cognitive function, but not on tasks of daily living like finding food items on a shelf. >> what we saw were improvements in attention and memory, largely. >> it didn't take me from back to where i was, but it gave me
improvement, which i appreciated. >> knees are early days for this type of treatment. the theory is it might work by increasing the speed and accuracy of information processing by nerves in the brain, much like weightlifting increases the strength of muscles. . >> dr. jon lapook. thank you, jon. uh-oh, looks like someone's still nervous about buying a new house. is it that obvious?
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. the s.a.t. wants to level the playing field for underprivileged students. test takers will now be assigned an adversity score that schools can use for admissions. it's based on 15 factor, including crime and income levels in the test takers' neighborhoods, and the quality of their high schools. colleges will have access to the information. students will not. the longest continuous oil spill in u.s. history may finally be contained. an oil platform off louisiana was destroyed by hurricane ivan 14 years ago. it was leaking, by one estimate, 96 barrels a day. a coast guard said today a containment system is now in place collecting oil. architect i.m. pei has died. great nee great clients, and he had many. they include the louvre in paris where his revolutionary glass pyramid changed everything. pei also designed the rock 'n roll in cleveland and the j
have sounded promising. a sitcom about a bunch of scientists. really? yet "big bang theory" was a runaway hit. the finale is tonight. here is cbs sunday morning's lee cowan. >> reporter: in the life of the universe, 12 years is nothing. in the life of a network sitcom, it's an eternity. >> rock, paper, scissors! >> reporter: with 279 episodes, "the big bang theory" is one of the longest running comedies in tv history, earning 52 emmy nominations. >> stephen hawking! >> reporter: that's really saying something for a show that geekd over topics like quantum brain dim mix. it made nerdy cool. even romantic. >> yes, he will marry you. >> you will? >> you will? >> reporter: but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that nothing lasts forever. >> look out, look out! >> the show wasn't cheap. its main cast each made around a
million dollars an episode. and jim parsons, who won four emmys for his role as sheldon cooper had decided to move on. >> have a great show, everyone. >> reporter: none of, that though, made the goodbyes any easier during the final taping earlier this month. >> there was just a synergy there, and whatever that elusive chemistry is that you can't really create was there. >> reporter: exactly how it will end is a closely guarded secret. maybe that elevator will finally be fixed. whatever happens, it's fair to say that much like a comet, "the big bang theory" will keep hurtling through space in syndication for years to come. >> bazinga. >> bazinga. >> bazinga. >> reporter: lee cowan, cbs news, los angeles. and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm john dickerson.
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm don dahler. president trump is vowing to make the u.s. immigration system the envy of the world. he unveiled his latest strategy to deal with a flood of migrants at the southern border. the president wants to welcome more skilled workers, fewer families. and he wants to require all immigrants to learn english. what's the chance of it getting through congress? paula reid has the odds. >> we are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages, and safety of american workers first.
>> reporter: the proposal is a shift. >> if cow want to become an american citizen, it will be clear exactly what standard we ask you to achieve. it will be made crystal clear. >> reporter: the president's plan would favor younger applicants with specific skills or higher education who can speak english and pass a civics exam. the current system admits mostly people with relatives already in the u.s. >> a big proportion of those immigrants must come in through merit and skill. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi objected to how the plan defines "merit." >> it is really a condescending word. they're saying family is without merit? are they saying most of the people who have ever come to the united states in the history of our country are without merit because they don't have an engineering degree? >> reporter: the plan does not address the pressing challenge of the 11 million people living in the u.s. illegally, or the so-called dreamer, people who were brought to the country
illegally by their parents. democrats won't support a plan that does not address those issues. thinking sham proposal is dead on arrival. it is a mockery of what america means. neither donald trump's grandfather nor my father would be able to come to america under this proposal. >> reporter: some republicans say they're disappointed this plan would not reduce legal immigration and would continue to issue about a million visas a year. in response to all this blowback from capitol hill, a senior administration official says this is just an opening offer. members of congress got a closed door briefing on the situation with iran. tensions are rising. an aircraft carrier battle group and heavy bombers are on the way to the region, and president trump says he hopes we won't go to war. here is david martin. >> reporter: the carrier strike group headed by the uss lincoln has arrived in the arabian sea south of iran, just as president
trump tried to calm fears the u.s. is on a path to war. an aide to acting defense secretary shanahan said the president has told him he does not want war with iran, a message he repeated in public to reporters. >> mr. president, are we going to war with iran? >> i hope not. >> reporter: earlier in the day, the president had tweeted "i'm sure that iran will talk soon." that might ease war jitters, but it does not solve the problem of u.s. intelligence warnings iran is preparing to attack americans based in iraq. those warnings began with an israeli intercept of an iranian commander ordering militias he controls in iraq to make preparations. in an interview with "face the nation" moderator margaret brennan, iran's ambassador to the u.n. denied it all. >> fake intelligence, which has been the root cause of all these events should be tackled as soon as we get rid of these fake
intelligence, all of us will be in a much better situation. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence also has satellite photos of the iranian port of chabahar, which show what analysts say are containers for short range ballistic missiles loaded on boats for transport to an unknown location. the u.s. warning got some backup from a key ally today when the british foreign secretary tweeted, "we share the same assessment of the heightened threat posed by iran." another state is moving to limit access to abortions. missouri's republican-led senate passed a bill to make the procedure illegal at eight weeks of pregnancy. the move comes just one day after alabama's governor signed the strictest abortion law in the nation. adriana diaz is in st. louis. >> reporter: after missouri lawmakers battled through the night -- >> the time of choice is the time of conception. >> reporter: the state passed a bill that would outlaw abortions
after eight weeks, around a time when the heart beat is often detected. the ban applies to cases of rape and incest, but make answer exception for medical emergencies. doctors who perform abortions after the cutoff could face up to 15 years in prison. missouri only has one abortion clinic left, this planned parenthood in st. louis. anti-abortion advocates outside the clinic call the senate vote a victory. what do you make of the senate passing this bill? >> we're always excited when we see more pro-life legislation passed. >> reporter: but inside there is outrage. >> oh, furious. >> reporter: kawanna shannon is director of surgical services. >> this bill if turned into law will allow women to have abortions earlier on. do you think that's enough? >> a lot of women don't find out until they're already past that time. >> reporter: dr. david eisenberg is the medical director. do you feel now we're in a moment where roe v. wade really can be overturned? >> it doesn't really matter whether roe v. wade is the law of the land, as is it is now when individual states can do what they're doing, which is regulate abortion out of existence. >> reporter: missouri joins 14
other states that have proposed so-called heartbeat bills in 2019 alone. four states have signed them into law. just yesterday, alabama passed a near total been on abortions, the most restrictive law in the country. anti-abortion organizer kathy forck hopes missouri's bill will create a path to overturn roe v. wade. >> we care about these women. we want them to be safe. and i think the legislature is doing everything they can to keep these women safe. the field for the democratic presidential nomination seems to get more crowded by the day. the latest candidate, new york city mayor bill de blasio. ed o'keefe reports. >> donald trump must be stopped. i've beaten him before, and i will do it again. >> reporter: new york mayor bill de blasio is hoping to trade city hall for the white house. >> well, i intend to break the mold, and i intend to make history, and i intend to win. >> reporter: but more than seven in ten new yorkers say he shouldn't run. >> he can't run the country. he can't run the city.
>> reporter: members of the police union protested at his times square announcement. a hometown newspaper laughed at his prospects, and a famous fifth avenue resident mocked him as the worst mayor and a joke. de blasio joins a record-breaking field. 14 current and former members of congress, three current and former governors, two other mayors, a former cabinet secretary, a business executive, a self-help author, and former vice president joe biden. he maintains a commanding lead, and now some rivals are starting to target him, like california senator kamala harris, touted by some as a potential running mate, this week she said it should be the other way around. >> i think that joe biden would be a great running mate. >> reporter: and if two dozen candidates isn't enough, former georgia state lawmaker stacey abrams is still teasing she might still get in. >> i do believe i can get into the conversation as late as the fall and still have a real chance to win.
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the town of paradise in california was nearly wiped out when a wildfire roared through in november. it was the most destructive wildfire in state history. it killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 20,000 homes and other structures. 27,000 people used to live there, but only about 1500 have returned. now they're dealing with another problem. jonathan vigliotti explains. >> reporter: when jessica destefano and their family moved into their dream home last summer, they never imagined this would be their reality. 19,000 buildings were reduced to ash in the camp fire. melted metal, plastic and wood creating this toxic mix that officials say six months later has contaminated the town of paradise's water pipes.
they've tested positive for elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene. >> if my kids get cancer in 20 years, i'll never forgive myself. >> reporter: the district says the pipes were contaminated by either water meres or toxic air from the fire which was sucked into the system. >> we have tested about 500 service lines in our district at this point, and about 30% of them have come up with contamination. >> reporter: paradise irrigation district manager kevin phillips and his team are testing the water along 173 miles of pipeline to find out which sections need to be replaced. that alone could take two years. for now, the water is unusable. >> the process we're facing is monumental. it's something that there is no game plan that's been written for it. >> it's definitely been difficult to have a standing home in paradise right now. at times i wish that it was gone. >> reporter: massive water tanks are their lifeline for cooking and bathing. how much does this basic need cost you and your family? >> it's about $250 every three to four weeks.
>> reporter: and their insurance company, farmer's says they will soon stop reimbursing them for those fill-ups. >> they said we'll get one more refill and we're done. and i said but it's contaminated. they said that's not our policy. >> we tell our girls no more baths.showers. >> reporter: jesse and thomas thompson, whose house was the only one on their street toe survive the fire also don't take chances with their tank. >> we just wanted some security. >> reporter: securing safe water is also key for paradise businesses and schools that hope to eventually open. there were about 1200 businesses in town before the fire. so far about 10% have reopened, including two coffee shops and one restaurant. >> we are an essential service and an essential part of the town to rebuild, and we take that very seriously. >> reporter: while cleanup crews around town are a welcome sign, homeowners know fixing the water system is crucial to rebuilding their community.
>> if we can't have clean water, then we can't have a town. >> we'll wait as long as it take. >> yep. >> as long as it takes. >> you know, we look at what has tore this town apart, but then we have to look on the positive side. we're working on our comeback story. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," jonathan vigliotti, paradise, california. you buy something, you don't like it so, you return it. what happens next? rita braver has the answer. ♪ >> reporter: did you ever wonder what happens to things you return? or how about the stuff that brick and mortar stores or online merchandisers can't sell? these are chairs? >> brand-new chairs, right. >> reporter: what is this? >> mypillow. that's right. it's literally everything from typers to dinosaurs and anything in between. >> reporter: curtis grieve knows what will happen to all this stuff. >> you've got some paper goods
here. >> reporter: he is the vice president of inmar, which has 25 facilities and 5,000 employees around the country devoted to processing and reselling goods for what's known as the secondary market. and you're thinking this is juicy stuff. i can get rid of this? >> money, money, money, money, money. >> reporter: truck loads of stuff arrive and leave this winston, salem warehouse every day. much of it is merchandise that traditional outlets just can't unload, or outdated seasonal products, but a third of it is customer returns, mostly from online purchases. >> a typical brick and mortar store will return about 8% of their sales. for ecommerce, that could be 25 to 40% in some cases. >> reporter: inmar provides a service for companies, inspecting and repackaging returned goods that do go right back on the shelves. but a lot doesn't make it. what happens to that stuff?
>> oh, that's my favorite kind of stuff. that's where we get to liquidate it. >> we're going examine it. we're going to make sure it's perfect. >> reporter: inmar's ceo david mount says the secondary market selling goods of all kinds has doubled in the past ten years to $600 billion. >> in fact, there is so much of that stuff coming back from either ecommerce or stores that you could take all of the units that we process in one year and build a bridge from new york to tokyo. >> reporter: the customers can be online seller, outlet malls, discounters, bodega, small mom and pop shop, even flea market vendors. and a lot of them come to las vegas twice a year for a big trade show. >> try to make some deals. >> reporter: so of course curtis greeve is there too, looking to buy, sell, or reconnect. >> i mean, i sell to brady.
>> reporter: with long-time clients like brady. he is ceo of home buys. >> so what do you want for these? >> reporter: based in columbus, ohio, with four discount stores around the state. >> we love to buy the treasures and pass the savings on to our customers. that's the most fun. what's over here? what's this over here? >> reporter: we watched him snag close to 400 jackets in just a few minutes. >> these are a buyback. >> reporter: all returned to a major retailer. >> i'll buy all those. >> okay. >> yeah. thank you. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> reporter: these jackets are high quality jackets. they're a major brand. i don't want to tell you a brand, but there is a horse and buggy involved in the brand. i'll tell you that. >> reporter: he also got shirts to go with the jackets. >> how many do you have? >> 4,000. >> 4,000. if i took them all, what could i buy them for? >> reporter: retail, $99. he paid 8 bucks apiece. >> i have an adrenaline rush right now. i feel like i just won a million dollars.
>> reporter: but nothing beats the recent thrill of landing some $2,000 wedding gowns and selling them for $199 each. >> we've even had some women come in the store and say i don't even have a boyfriend right now. but for $199, i'm going to buy this dress today. >> reporter: almost all of the products will find buyers, and what doesn't sale is often donated to charity. but there are still some goods that end up in incinerators or tossed along with other garbage at place likes this landfill in burlington county, new jersey. >> it's been here for a while. about 30 some years. >> reporter: kevin lyon, who teaches supply chain management at rutgers university says it's the same problem year after year. the number that i keep hearing is that there is something like four billion tons of unused goods that still ends up getting dumped in places like this. >> that's correct. instead of packaging it and
maybe possibly getting it to the folks that might need it, it's easier for them just to get it off their books. >> reporter: have things improvt not enough to handle the glut. >> reporter: but curtis greeve believes that companies like his will continue to expand. >> a lot of this product is really good product, you know. it's as good as new. in some cases, it is new. >> reporter: as more and more buyers and sellers realize that one company's trash is other people's treasure. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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so things aren't going as planned for tiger woods. he finds himself nine strokes back after the first round of the pga championship in new york. but that hasn't dampened the tiger mania. jim axelrod has the story from the famed bethpage black course. >> reporter: tiger's win last month at augusta is one of the great comeback stories not just in the history of golf, but in the history of sport. so now all eyes turn to this golf course, bethpage black on long island, to see if his terrific story of resilience can get even better. >> but here it is.
the return to glory! rof >> reporter: it was a return to the top many golf fans thought they'd never see. and with his win at the masters, tiger woods has injected the game with a jolt that only he can. you know, the last month has been -- >> tiger, tiger. >> reporter: tiger, tiger. just ask cbs sports golf analyst dottie pepper. a winner 17 times on the ladies tour, she says everything changes when tiger is roaring. >> there is a buzz. there is a different vibe when he plays, and it's also a different day-to-day heart beat even for us covering it. you have to plan on traffic that's not there when tiger plays in events. it is a very real thing. >> look at this scene! >> it's like the triple shot cappuccino in the morning when you're usual i will only getting one. it's that sort of energy that's back around golf again. >> reporter: the tiger effect is easy enough to measure.
tv ratings for the final round of this year's masters were up more than 41% over last year's tournament, a fact not lost on either veterans like steve stricker, one of tiger's closest friends on tour. >> it's crazy. he definitely moves the needle out here, and, you know, we're all just as interested as anybody else. >> reporter: for the younger generation of stars. max homa, a recent winner on tour, was 6 years old when tiger won his first masters. >> he is the coolest dude that's ever played golf. it's been a blast for what he's done for whole game, making it a lot cooler and a little bit younger. >> reporter: but this comeback chapter in tiger's story, the one in which he is awarded the presidential medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor is one that's grabbed the attention of those who have never touched a golf club as well, overcoming crippling back pain that left him wondering if he would ever walk right. >> wow. >> he is in pain.
>> reporter: just two years ago, never mind play championship golf again. the pain killers that led to his dui, and the mug shop that captured his bottoming out in humiliating detail. >> i think it's going to be great. >> reporter: "sports illustrated" senior writer michael bamberger has covered tiger's career from the beginning. but then this isn't just a sports story. it's a human story. >> oh, it goes way beyond sports. my 88-year-old mother is watching. when you saw tiger woods come off that 18th green at augusta national, and by the way, my mom might not know that a golf course has 18 holes. but she said when he came off that 18th green and tiger picked up his son and hugged the daughter, my mother may be like millions of others, this guy is a human being after all. >> reporter: impressive analysis from michael bamberger's mother. now then, the question, is tiger going to win this week? i can only tell you that the oddsmakers have installed him as
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police responded to a city park in new jersey when they got reports of strange things going on. strange as in heartwarming. steve hartman found this story on the road. >> reporter: how do kids behave when no grown-ups are around? dynette minutes a of new south brunswick, new jersey says you never know. >> because you're not watching them at that moment and at this time. >> reporter: she had always just assumed her son was good, until recently, when 13-year-old gavin maids got caught on tape showing his true character. >> oh, my gosh! >> reporter: gavin and some middle school friends had just
arrived at a skate park. the park was empty except for little carter brunnel who was here with his mother celebrating his fifth birthday. carter is autistic. big groups of older kids can make him nervous. so his mom kristen was fully prepared to get him out of there. she just wasn't prepared for what happened next. >> i don't know. they really just shocked me. it was unlike any experience i think i have ever had. >> reporter: you know how middle school kids sometimes operate like they're in a pack. well, that's pretty much what happened here. gavin led the way and the others followed. the only surprise was that gavin didn't start trouble. he started a friendship. >> this kid's already better than me. >> gavin is just going around with him and making him feel special. and the rest of his friends kind of followed too and then started singing happy birthday to him. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: that really blew me away. because you just want to see the kindness in the world. and i wanted carter to have a good birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: it was such a great
birthday in such a kind deed, even the local police department responded. >> and we're going to throw you guys a pizza party next week over at school. >> reporter: but here's the best part. since their first meeting, gavin and the middle schoolers have continued to go out of their way to play with carter. >> how you doing? >> he's just so happy and he made us all happy. >> he is rad. >> reporter: and as for the moms, for them, this was a moment of parenting utopia, where the only thing better than seeing your kid treat kindly is knowing that your kid is treating others kindly, even when you're not watching. >> that was so cool. >> i was just so proud of him. >> do you want to race? >> he's good. >> reporter: you did it right. >> thank you. >> reporter: steve hartman, on the road in south brunswick, new jersey. >> you can find good people everywhere. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and of course "cbs this
morning." from the bro cast center in new york city, i'm don dahler. captioning funded by cbs it's friday, may 17th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." rising tensions with iran. as president trump tones down talks of war, congressional lawmakers demand more information. an f-16 fighter jet crashes into a california warehouse, the problem the pilot reported before the plane went down. and millions of americans in more than a dozen states could get hit with severe weather this weekend. we're breaking down the threat for tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding.